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Statement: NYLAG Condemns New 60-Day Shelter Policy for Migrant Families

CONTACT: Sara Rodriguez, srodriguez@nylag.org, 212-613-6566 

NEW YORK, NY — In response to the City’s new policy forcing migrant families with children to leave their assigned shelters after sixty days, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) issued the following statement: 

“Forcing migrant families with children to leave shelters after sixty days is the epitome of inhumane, and NYLAG condemns this policy in the strongest terms. Especially given how this specifically targets recently arrived migrants who have very little, if any, stability in their lives since arriving here, this shelter removal and reapplication process only compounds on the trauma of instability our new neighbors have already faced, both on their journeys to this country and within our borders. This policy will only further disrupt and traumatize families, and will especially impact children, who are still adjusting to school or struggling to access school enrollment at all. 

“NYLAG cares immensely about our work to ensure that our new neighbors have access to the resources they need, whether it’s work authorization and permanent immigration status, temporary shelter, or stable and practical access to public schools. We are deeply concerned for the safety and wellbeing of migrant families with the rollout of this shelter policy and how it will impact their lives. With that care and concern, and adamant opposition to the 60-day policy for migrant families, NYLAG remains undeterred in our commitment to ensuring equal access to shelter and other key resources for those who need it most—including our new neighbors, who deserve to be and will be met with humanity on our watch.” 


About NYLAG 
Founded in 1990, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who achieves justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g., courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. NYLAG’s staff of 350 impacted the lives of 129,000 people last year. 

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